Books by Laura Cornell

Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Fans will enjoy the many laugh-out-loud scenes regardless of the less-than-smooth text. Get ready for an onslaught of enthusiastic requests. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Curtis and Cornell pair up for their 10th outing to hilariously chronicle the many "firsts" their spunky, irreverent protagonist experiences. Read full book review >
WHERE DO BALLOONS GO? by Jamie Lee Curtis
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 12, 2012

"Overall, the fanciful result is a storybook app with a far longer shelf life than most. (iPad storybook app. 4-9)"
Based on the traditional book of the same name, this interactive storybook takes balloon travel to all-new heights. Read full book review >
M.O.M.  (MOM OPERATING MANUAL) by Doreen Cronin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"In this era of Tiger Mothers, attachment parenting, the mommy track and The Three-Martini Playdate, Cronin and Cornell's collaboration will strike a nerve with moms looking for a laugh and a bit of validation—if only they can find the time to read it! (Picture book. Adult)"
Ostensibly a guide for children on the care and feeding of mothers, this lengthy picture book has unlikely kid appeal but may emerge as the hit of the soccer-mom and baby-shower circuits.  Read full book review >
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER by Barbara Robinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The full-length novel better conveys the complex narrative, but this picture-book version makes the basic story easily accessible to all. Final art not seen. (Picture book. 4-9)"
The beloved novel about the ultimate church Christmas pageant is abridged for a younger audience or shorter holiday storytimes, with charming watercolor illustrations that bring the crowd of Herdmans to life. Read full book review >
BIG WORDS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE by Jamie Lee Curtis
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Curtis's celebration of language is also a vehicle to teach young children how behaviors can affect communication. Read full book review >

IS THERE REALLY A HUMAN RACE? by Jamie Lee Curtis
FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

Teammates Curtis and Cornell have once again produced a winningly simple yet profound picture book that uses a play on the word "race" to ask, through a variety of child-posed questions, about the significant competition we all face as humans. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Curtis echoes Dr. Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go! in her latest collaboration with Cornell that laments and celebrates the agony and the ecstasy of being five years old. Read full book review >

GOOD NIGHT PILLOW FIGHT by Sally Cook
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2004

A boisterous romp through bedtime ensues as children resist going to sleep. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

When things go right, it's easy to feel good about oneself, but when things go the other way, sometimes it helps to have good self-esteem. Read full book review >

WHERE DO BALLOONS GO? by Jamie Lee Curtis
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

Movie star Curtis allows her young versifier's imagination a little foot room in this query of what happens to those balloons that get loose. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

The young narrator is a mood factory: one day silly, the next sad, then bouncing back with a joyful outlook. Read full book review >

TELL ME AGAIN ABOUT THE NIGHT I WAS BORN by Jamie Lee Curtis
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

Everyone—including adoptive parents and children longing for validation of their unique experiences—will embrace this pitch- perfect celebration of true family values. ``Tell me again'' is the endearing catchphrase a young girl employs to get her parents to recount the creation of their family: the late-night phone call (``Tell me again how you screamed''), a plane ride (``and how there was no movie, only peanuts''), the trip to the hospital (``you both got very quiet and felt very small''), love at first sight in the nursery (``you couldn't believe something so small could make you smile so big''). ``Tell me again about the first time you held me in your arms and called me your baby sweet. Read full book review >

CONTRARY BEAR by Phyllis Root
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1996

A small girl narrates this book; her best friend is Bear, called Contrary Bear by her father for always doing the opposite of what he instructs. Read full book review >

MONSTERS IN THE ATTIC by Dian Curtis Regan
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

In the sequel to Monster of the Month Club (1994, not reviewed), Rilla Harmony Earth lives with her mother in their vegetarian bed-and-breakfast, dealing with a missing father, home schooling, her first boyfriend, and her mother's New Age beliefs. Read full book review >

TRAVELING BACKWARD by Toby Forward
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

Fanny's Grandpa is dying and her house is filled with the obnoxious relatives who expect to be remembered in his will. Read full book review >

LEONORA O'GRADY by Leah Komaiko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 30, 1992

A nonsense rhyme celebrates a joyous older neighbor. Read full book review >

THE GHOST ON SATURDAY NIGHT by Laura Cornell
Released: May 1, 1974

"Another successful Fleischman concoction of flimflam and smart footwork."
As Great Aunt Etta, Opie's guardian, has promised to buy him a horse with her 1877 bank-deposited penny as soon as he saves up enough for a saddle, Opie who can streak (his word) through town with his eyes closed goes into the fog business as a guide in order to earn the necessary $17.59. Read full book review >